PASADENA, Calif. – Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., Adam Rahier of Powell River, B.C., and Gordie Michie of St.Thomas, Ont., each won a gold medal on Saturday to double Canada’s victory count at the Para Pan Pacific Para-swimming championships.
In the men’s S10 200-m individual medley Huot took the title handily in two minutes and 11.29 seconds. The 19-time Paralympic medallist added a silver a few minutes later in the 100-m backstroke. Huot recently had his Paralympic medals stolen from his home which didn’t help his preparation for this meet.
“It’s been a crazy year so I’m satisfied to come here and deliver solid performances,’’ said Huot. ‘’ I would have really liked to go into the 2:10 range but I lacked some aggressiveness. Still it’s a good showing and I’m now looking towards the Parapan Am Games in Toronto next year.’’
In the S14 200-m IM for athletes with intellectual challenges, Rahier clocked a Canadian record 2:20.87 for the victory. Michie was third in that race in 2:22.72 while Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was fourth.
“It was a good and strong swim,’’ said Rahier. ‘’I’m happy and proud about the Canadian record.’’
In the S14 100-m backstroke, Michie turned the tables on Rahier with the gold in 1:06.98 while Rahier clocked 1:07.04 for silver.
“I had a lot of confidence,’’ said Michie, in his international debut. ‘’I wanted to swim a really good time.’’
Also with silver in the 200-m IM were Jean-Michel Lavalliere and Nicholas-Guy Turbide, both of Quebec City, in S7 and S13. Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., won the bronze with a Canadian record in S5. Lavalliere had lowered the national mark in prelims.
Canadian medallists in women’s 200-m IM were Brianna Nelson of Victoria in S7, Katarina Roxon of St.John’s N.L., in S9 and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in S10 all with silver, and Andrea Schmidt of Winnipeg and Justine Morrier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu with bronze in S13 and S14.
Adam Purdy of London, Ont., took silver in the S6 100-m backstroke.
After four days of competition Canada has six gold, 22 silver and 22 bronze.
Competition ends Sunday. The preliminaries are at 9: 30 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) each day.
Results available on Meet Mobile app.
Full team list https://www.swimming.ca/2014ParaPanPacificChampionships